Monthly Archives: November 2012

Educational Videos and YouTube Videos

Many teachers have been there.  You’ve seen a great video you want to share with your class, but the DOE blocks the showing of YouTube as well as other video sharing sites.  Just when we find a workaround site, it is taken down or blocked in turn and you are unable to incorporate the video into your lesson.

WatchKnowLearn.org is a free Website available in both English and Spanish and can be an excellent resource to use in your classroom and for your children at home.  It is a non-profit organization that wants to make educational videos available to students, teachers, librarians and parents at home and in an educational setting.  The videos are chosen for children from ages 3 – 18.  There are literally tens of thousands of videos available for watching.

There are videos available on ALL school subjects, including the Common Core Curriculum.  A directory is provided to create better ease of accessibility in finding just what you want.  Videos are provided from: TeacherTube; YouTube; graspr; School Tube; Internet Archive; slideboor; hulu; slideshare and brightstorm.  WatchKnowLearn.org also partners with Citizendium and Curriki.

If you are worried about who is “behind the scenes” deciding what videos get posted, you are provided with a list of the Advisory Committee along with their backgrounds and affiliations.  A number of the members are teachers or have connections to an educational institution.

While the site may not have the exact video you were looking for, it is still a nice back up to check for something that will help inspire your students or make a connection to their personal lives.

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Is it real or is it Photoshop?

The New York Public Library recently posted a great article.  Many times we see an image through e-mail or various forms of social media that amazes and astounds us.  How can you tell if the image is accurate or has been modified using some form of software?  Two great Websites are Tineye and Google Reverse Image Search.

These are great resources to use whether checking to see if that photo your friend posted on Facebook is real or if your student altered an image to better support the position they took in their paper.

Here is a link to the original article – Factcheck Your Friends: Misinformation on Social Media.

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The no print encyclopedia blues

I apologize for the length between my posts.  While I was very lucky compared to other victims of Hurricane Sandy, I was without power for over a week.  I hope all my readers are doing well, especially those in the NorthEast whom may have been impacted by this event.

Last year I shared an article with my staff regarding how Encyclopedia Brittanica was going out of print and the reliability of Wikipedia.  Even though the article is going on a year old, the information it discusses is still relevant.

Encyclopedias, Wikipedia and Times Topic Pages: Research Resources and Ideas was written with the intent of helping younger children to better their online searching and evaluation skills; however, the lessons can be easily modified for older students.

This article will be of interest to parents as well.  The lessons discussed in the article can help your child to recognize unsafe Websites when they are searching alone.

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